Effective communication should be unencumbered by bullshit or games or difficult temperaments, as so many personality types have a tendency to exercise. It should be a clean, crisp and direct message that cuts right to the point. Wasting time and effort on “fluff” may make for a great English Lit assignment submission, but it’s not going to serve toward getting your intended message to the receiver in today’s world of Attention Deficit Disorder sufferers, whether you’re writing it or speaking it.
Where, then, do I get the correlation between “communication” and “stealth”?
By Wiki’s definition, the word stealth is a noun meaning;
- the attribute or characteristic of acting in secrecy
“Stealth-like” communication, much like an arrow would cut right through the air in one straight path to its directive, is the practice of getting directly to the point with your message. In fact, the word stealth itself eludes to a sense of “no-nonsense” as if it creeps up on you and before you realize it. You want the person you’re speaking with to get your message without seeing it coming, without anticipating what they THINK you’re going to say, and without formulating a response in their mind before your sentence is out of your mouth. In other words, without all the crap that gets in the way of them understanding what you really meant to say.
Stealth also means;
2. in such a way that the actions are unnoticed or difficult to detect by others
They say that in order to achieve any great change or improvement, practice is the best strategy to making something become a habit. As with any learned or improved skill, getting better at communication involves the practicing of new techniques. Using power-phrasing, diffusing difficult people and finding new ways of painting a verbal picture all help people to understand you better… but the extra effort you put into turning these skills into habits should not be what people notice. The only thing people should notice is that they “get you”, right away, every time.
Additionally, […and here’s my favorite concept about communication…] The word “stealth” itself is such a juxtaposition of terminology in the sense that it’s a word typically used to describe very aggressive or testosterone-driven endeavors. I think the idea of using it to describe a woman who is unafraid of being strong and powerful is just delicious….equaling the concept of using “assertive” (female) communication techniques rather than aggressive (male) ones.
What does “Stealth Communication” mean to you?